What is a microchip, and how do they work?
A microchip is a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted into the skin in the scruff of the neck, much like when you have your child’s ears pierced. Each chip has a unique number which is linked to your information. Almost every veterinary clinic, humane society and animal control office have a scanner and access to a database to look up the number.
What are the benefits to microchipping my animals?
The number one benefit of microchipping your pet is that is offers you a permanent method of identifying him/her. Microchiping is more successful in getting lost pets home then other methods because collars fall off, and can be dangerous to the animal, and tattoos are hard to read and easy to alter.
At what age is it best to microchip my animals?
Microchipping can be done at any age. The actual implant of the chip is very quick, and is similar to getting your ears pierced. We do offer microchipping to be done at the time of spay of neuter while the animal is under anaesthetic, however it can be done with a fully awake animal as well.
I have an indoor cat; does she really need a microchip?
Yes. Indoor cats can benefit from a microchip just as much as an outdoor cat, maybe even more. The reason for this is that if she ever gets out, and her instinct will tell her to hide, not to find home. This is sure to be a very stressful and dramatic experience for her. With a microchip, her chances of being returned home in a short period of time is much higher.
Is there a yearly fee involved?
No there is not. There is a one time fee that covers the cost of the chip itself, registration, as well as the implant. Microchipping is a one time cost for a lifetime of protection.
Isn’t microchipping cruel to the animals?
Not at all. Microchipping is a quick and virtuously pain-free and will protect your pet for life. It is in the animal’s best interest to have them returned home safe to you, then lost and scared alone.